Republicans keep Connecticut House seat in special election

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A special general election was held on January 21, 2020, to fill the Connecticut House’s District 151 seat left vacant by the resignation of Rep. Fred Camillo (R). Republican Harry Arora won the special election with 2,345 votes versus the 1,965 votes for Democrat Cheryl Trepp Moss.

The special election was called after Camillo resigned his seat on December 2, 2019, due to his election as the First Selectman of Greenwich, Connecticut. He was the representative for District 151 from 2009 to 2019.

Arora will serve out the remainder of Camillo’s term, which ends on January 6, 2021. The last general election for the seat was held on November 6, 2018. The next general election for it is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

As of January 2020, 28 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2020 in 13 states. Between 2011 and 2019, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

Connecticut has a Democratic trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

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Connecticut House of Representatives District 151
Connecticut elections, 2020
State legislative special elections, 2020